Beauty, even the canine kind, is in the eye of the beholder, and Charlie the mutt has a home.
Charlie is the Pasco County pooch who was stabbed in September after two roommates got into a fight. He recovered at the Pasco County Animal Services shelter, but weeks passed and Charlie wasn't adopted. Despite his sweet disposition, his size and his less-than-perfect looks may have been a factor, shelter officials said.
His days numbered, Charlie was scooped up by the Humane Society of Tampa Bay, a Tampa shelter that does not euthanize dogs. A sign on his cage described his plight and lovable personality.
A Tampa woman with a husband, three dogs, a big fenced yard and no children took Charlie home Thursday.
"She said, 'I don't think he's bad at all, I think he's cute,' so obviously she needs glasses," joked Humane Society executive director Sherry Silk. "He's a great dog. I think she just loved his spirit."
Silk said a Times column on Charlie has generated lots of calls and traffic to the shelter.
"We have plenty more animals, and every animal has its own sad story, frankly," she said, "whether the animal was a stray or its owner had to give it up because of the economy or the owner died."
Stabbed dog finally has his day